A very interesting looking game that I asked for a review copy of is Dice Age (BoardGameGeek link - it's not on Amazon).
Dice Age is the game of funky dice. Each game, each player gets a handful of different dice - you can either have everyone bring their own pre-constructed group of dice, or share a set and hand them out randomly. Once you start playing, the active player will pick one of his dice from his "Garden" and roll it (thus placing it in his "Field"). After rolling, it can either show a symbol or a number. If you roll a number, then that number must be lower than the previously rolled number - if it is not, then all of the dice in your field go to your "Wasteland", and all of the other players move the dice in their Field back to their Garden. If you roll a symbol, then you get to do special things - like picking which die one of your opponent's must roll next, rolling two dice at the same time and picking the result, bringing back dice from the Wasteland, etc. Play continues like this until only one person has dice left - and they have ushered in their own.... Dice Age! (Or something - at least, they win.)
|Again - the dice look awesome.|
Ultimately, having played Dice Age, I liken it to a product like "Mighty Beanz." It is a collectible toy that you can play around with. Whereas you could spin the Mighty Beanz and watch them wobble around and such, you can roll the dice from Dice Age and see what faces you can make them land on. I think that this is a neat toy, and it's nice that there is a game attached. However, I think it's good that this is a neat toy because, this leads me into the first con...
|The two-sided, four-sided, die|
|What is this roll worth? (It's 3.)|
With all of this said, I give Dice Age a 5.5/10 as a game. As a toy, it would get much higher - probably in the 8-10 range. What's the moral of this review? If you buy Dice Age, buy it as a toy. Perhaps try the game, but buy it as something neat to play with. There's also an "official" stacking game that you can play with the dice. Or, you can just stack them up like a leaning tower and see how high you can go. But, again - toy; not game.
If you enjoy dice games, you might also check out Martian Dice and Zombie Dice.
I would like to thank Tristan Convert's Games for providing me with a review copy of Dice Age.